• R, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Anthony Minghella
    In Theaters:
    Feb 16, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 8, 2007
  • The Weinstein Company

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Breaking and Entering Reviews

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

September 7, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 18, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Though Binoche does very solid work, she can't sell the idea of her and Law as a couple; the chemistry isn't there. Not much else rings true in Minghella's screenplay, which is full of coincidences and speeches about race and class.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 2, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Breaking and Entering offers a kinder, gentler version of London's strife than we're accustomed to seeing. Not all parts of the script are equally well-developed, and sometimes it seems as if we're looking at drama under glass.

| Original Score: B-

March 2, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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As with all of Minghella's films, there's intelligence and texture and depth and feeling, though here the emotions can seem frostbitten. Perhaps the first thing that wasn't working and needed to be fully broken to heal was the script.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 24, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Maybe Jude Law should take some time off from acting. Maybe Juliette Binoche should get a new dialect coach. Maybe Anthony Minghella should try writing a movie ending that doesn't make everybody groan.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 16, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A movie that is so tightly wrapped in highbrow airs and lofty significance, it forgets how to breathe. Only Vera Farmiga brings any trace of personality or spontaneity to the picture.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

February 16, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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For all its Bergmanesque agonizing, the film never digs too far under the surface. It fails to break and enter.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 16, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A sharp study in contrasts built on sturdy performances, Breaking and Entering manages to tackle immigration, youthful rebellion, family dynamics and, yes, love. The title doesn't merely refer to buildings, it also refers to hearts.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

February 16, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Breaking and Entering, not unlike a pair of other English dramas of recent vintage (Notes on a Scandal and The Queen), provides further proof that so-called serious filmmaking can be equally entertaining and provocative.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 16, 2007

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

February 16, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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With its overwritten, every-hair-in-place script, Breaking and Entering robs itself of reality.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 15, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Starts busily, and soon becomes a bafflement -- such an interesting cast, such technical excellence, so many intricate details and parallel plot threads, yet so little clarity or urgency.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 9, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering shimmers with good intentions and competency: Its blue/gray palette is elegant and unobtrusive; its cast is uniformly fine with occasional startling moments of brilliance.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 9, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Everything flows from the film's fundamental lethargy -- a hero without a spine, a romance without joy and a crime with neither moral rebuke nor consequences. No surprise that the story, like the protagonist, floats along in a noodly sort of way.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 9, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Breaking and Entering is about a kind of white privileged guilt and the apologies that come with it. Minghella gingerly backs away from provocation, from realism.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 9, 2007
Roger Ebert
RogerEbert.com
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What are the meaningful connections between these people's lives? Are they real and significant, or are they just plot contrivances, the manipulation of pawns in an onscreen board game?

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 2/4

February 9, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The first third of the movie is intelligent and sets up an intriguing premise. Then the plot takes unconvincing and unlikely turns that result in an ending that feels false and forced.

Full Review Source: USA Today

February 8, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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For all its contrivances (including Vera Farmiga's improbably erudite whore), Breaking and Entering has its finger on the pulse of contemporary London life and possesses its share of fleeting delights.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 8, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A smart, well-mannered film that could use a little more juice and fire.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Breaking and Entering just hangs there, positing its theme of how the personal becomes political and the political becomes personal over and over, without ever grabbing either your heart or your mind.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

February 8, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Seeing the film is like attending a refined cocktail party where social problems are clucked over and personal tensions are politely disregarded. When it's over, you wish you'd gone to a bar where people know how to have an argument and throw a punch.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 8, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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Minghella has drawn intimate love stories from supernatural fantasies and widescreen epics, but not even he can turn sappy corn into social commentary.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

February 3, 2007
David Denby
New Yorker
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A shrewd and decent movie.

January 27, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Go see Anthony Minghella's jagged new drama, Breaking and Entering, and you'll feel as if you're getting two movies for the price of a single ticket. The bad news? Only one of these stories is actually worth your money.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Breaking and Entering is so bloodless that even Minghella's best ideas come off as wan and pale. We're aware of the angst and confusion these characters suffer, and yet the movie shows us nothing so messy as real pain.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 27, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Breaking and Entering climaxes in a welter of apologies. Everyone in London, it seems, has cause for remorse and for my part I regret that I lost count of the number of times the words 'I'm sorry' were uttered on screen.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 26, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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If Breaking and Entering were a piece of music, it would be the kind to which you'd have to either listen closely the first time around or listen again to make sure you didn't miss anything.

Full Review Source: Newsday

January 25, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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... a dull and dreary snooze.

January 25, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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All in all, Breaking and Entering isn't a bad start for 2007.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 25, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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... despite Minghella's admirable attempt to tackle major themes on an intimate scale, the film goes down like weak tea.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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... nothing but hot air.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 24, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Many talented directors have a Breaking and Entering in them, and some -- like Anthony Minghella -- have the misfortune of being successful enough to have it green-lit.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 16, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Minghella raises some interesting questions on the subject of exile - whether from one's country, family, ethnic identity or self. But his conclusions feel pious and pat.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a very smart film.

December 18, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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[Breaking and Entering is a] sophisticated and wonderfully particular character study...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

December 17, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Breaking and Entering sighs and whimpers and waffles until, far from losing myself in this timid movie, I found myself wishing it would speak up.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 14, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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In the end, the film wraps up awfully neatly considering how sloppy and unraveled the characters' lives had been at the height of their conflicts.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 11, 2006

TIME Magazine
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...This is a movie that plods while we keep hoping it will soar.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 11, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Perhaps the kindest way to describe Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering is to say it's evident as being broken fairly early during the proceedings.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2006
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Diffuse, disappointing, and strangely out of touch.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 30, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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An odd mix of the sophisticated and the sentimental.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Anthony Minghella's film is conspicuously thoughtful and civilized as it provides a close-up snapshot of particular aspects of life in London at this moment.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 15, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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What gives the movie its intrigue and vitality though is the neighborhood where the story takes place.

September 15, 2006
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